Bluebird and Other Tattoos by Luna MiguelIve been a fan of Luna Miguels work for a few years now, starting when I stumbled across her blog in my senior year of high school. I was craving something contemporary in Spanish, to read and digest and translate during the multiple empty hours of the school day. I still have some printed-out pages from DVDediciones website, where Id scrawled some hand-written translations of her poems.
So I was ecstatic to hear about Lunas publication Tenian veinte anos y estaban locos, in which she is editor. I had followed the tumblr for months, and bought the book as soon as it was released.
And now, Lunas first publication to the English-speaking world: Bluebird and Other Tattoos. I really devoured these poems. The collection is broken up conveniently into time-periods, which allows the reader to follow along in the development of both Lunas voice, and also the theme which seems to be most deeply embedded in her poems: sickness. Sickness of soul and sickness of body and sickness of culture. Lunas poems have put me on a kind of hunt, so that now I see sickness everywhere. And thats what I consider to be a truly successful collection. I can only strongly recommend it.
That (quite gushingly) said, I do have some reservations about the English translations. However, Im confident that the quality of translation in future publications will be addressed mindfully, and I would still recommend Lunas collection to those looking to read only the translations.
What is the bluebird of happiness poem
I say, I know that you're there, so don't be sad. Add to list. Bluebird there's a bluebird in my heart that wants to get out but I'm too tough for him, I say, stay in there, I'm not going to let anybody see you. Slager - Perfectly describes his generation and the one after his My grandfather and my father never said "I love You" to anyone. Natalushkah - I can relate. I pour whiskey and inhale toxics to quite my bird.
You know you did an awesome job because I saw it and I was like ahhh that reminds me perfectly of someone like bukowski or even a beat writer from the 50's. Thanks for the kind words man! Love your work and looking forward to your show at Phone Booth Gallery!!
Keep reading. Thank you to everyone that made so great! All over the earth. Propagating more boring damned people. What a horror show. The earth swarmed with them. More Bluebird babey!